There is no easy route through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Trains coming to and from Northern California must contend with some of the most hostile and scenic trackage anywhere in the country.
On a late July evening in Northern California, Union Pacific 3002 drags an 814' rock train through the Feather River Canyon at Pulga. The fifteen hopper cars were loaded with ballast just twenty m... (more)
Founded in 1903 as a way to give the powerhouse Southern Pacific railroad competition into northern California, the Western Pacific was built to connect the Rio Grande railroad in Utah with the Sa... (more)
PG&E's Hydroelectric infrastructure often dominates the scenery of the Feather River Canyon. Producing some of the cleanest energy in the country, PG&E's dams, powerhouses, tunnels and conduits ca... (more)
In Jun 1972, a pair of GE U23Bs idles in front of WP's depot at Keddie, CA. The two U-boats are covered with a patina of chalky road dust, picked up between here and points north on the nearby Hig... (more)
Eastbound BNSF freight powers by a Union Pacific work train picking up discarded ties.
A westbound Western Pacific freight with (4) F7's rolling along the Feather River Canyon, California on July 29, 1970.
Amtrak's westbound Feather River Express drifts across Rock Creek on the homeward leg of the 2011 Portola Railroad Days excursion. On this day the heartbeat of the Feather River Route's former own... (more)
DPU 6381 powers westbound UP potash near James Ca.
EMD SD70ACe-T4 3049 leads westbound hoppers just before sunrise near James Ca.
UP freight crosses over Rock Creek trestle heading west.